Judgment Road by Christine Feehan
Series: Torpedo Ink #1
Also in this series: Vengeance Road
Published by Piatkus on January 30, 2018
Genres: Biker / MC, Paranormal
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An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...
Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.
Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ve been looking for a new biker series so I got all kinds of excited when I saw Judgment Road pop up. I’ve only read a couple of Christine Feehan’s books, but what I have read, I liked. Plus a biker series with a touch of paranormal too sounded all kinds of interesting to me. This is a spinoff of Ms. Feehan’s Drake Sisters and her Sisters of the Heart series and I have to say, although this can be read as a standalone, I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read the other two series first, or at least the Sisters of the Heart series. The President of the Torpedo Ink MC’s story is told in the last book of that series and I did sense I’d missed out on some things although I did piece it all together.
I do feel like I need to issue a warning. Every single member of Torpedo Ink is broken. They share a horrific history where they are the only survivors of a nightmare childhood that killed hundreds of other children. Their story is dark and is full triggers like child trafficking, rape, and unbelievable amounts of violence. If you have issues with any of the above, it would be best to steer clear.
In the beginning, I had no idea how to take Reaper. He came off as a grade A asshole but then as his story was slowly doled out and it became clear the kind of demons he battled, I grew more and more fond of him. As strong as he was, he was terrified of the feelings Anya elicited from him but even more terrified he would hurt her.
As for Anya, it was obvious she had secrets and was on the run. As her story unfolded, I just knew there would be a train wreck of epic proportions, and I was right. It’s good she was strong because she needed to be. She did make some choices that had me a bit…perplexed but there was so much else going on, I decided to just ignore them.
The story was riveting, but at times it didn’t flow well making me feel like I was on a jerky rollercoaster. Whether it was the emotions of the characters themselves or some of their actions, things would change so quickly I found myself rereading paragraphs to see if I missed something. Another issue was the repetitiveness of some things. I can’t tell you how many times we were told Reaper and his brother could fade into the shadows and just disappear, or how badass and crafty the women club members were. I said more than once “Yeah, yeah, I got it the first ten times this was explained.”
Although Reaper and Anya are in a good place, with danger all around, the club is in a precarious spot. Even broken, the members are each extraordinary in their own way, and also extremely dangerous. They also realize that this doesn’t mean they are bulletproof and can’t be brought down, key reasons the story speaks to me and makes me want more, despite having a few issues. I will definitely be looking for the next one in the series to see what happens next. It should be a fun ride.
3.75 Broken But Strong Stars
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